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Request for Proposals: Community Arts Space 2019

Wed Dec 05 to Jan 18, All Day

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please submit your proposal by 5 pm on Friday, January 18.

Grounded in the real and metaphorical ability of clay to transform, the Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space is a platform for experimentation and socially-engaged art.

Established in 2016, the project connects artists, makers, organizers, and residents through the creation of public projects that inspire social action. We work within and beyond the gallery walls to re-envision what equitable community engagement looks like at a cultural institution.

The Gardiner is now accepting proposals for our 2019 spring/summer programming cycle, which explores the theme “What we long for.”

Download the Request for Proposals

We invite applications from a diverse field of professionals including artists, makers, organizers, curators, collectives, producers, presenters, designers, and architects. Priority will be given to Toronto-based artists who are doing ambitious work that digs deeper into community histories and brings forth accountable, intersectional methods of thinking and making. We welcome a myriad of project proposals, including but not limited to installations, performances, conversations, dinners, dance parties, tea ceremonies, readings, support groups, meditations, screenings, recordings, rehearsals, zine fairs, or fashion shows.

Information Sessions

Akin Dupont | Monday December 10, 4:30 – 6:30
Gardiner Museum | Thursday December 13, 1 – 3 pm

Neighbourhood Hubs

The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ2S community. A City of Toronto agency and a registered charity with an innovative model of Service, Space, and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives while working to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect.

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Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through its sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Their studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. Akin build community thoroughly monthly art critiques, workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other art projects.


Art Starts uses the arts to inspire long-term social change and brings together professional artists with residents of all ages to create accessible and dynamic art projects that reflect the identities and aspirations of each community. Their collaborative approach to art-making celebrates communities, nurtures resiliency, cultivates life-skills and inspires personal growth.